The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) is to close permanently on 30 June 2018.
Since 2014, Superu's role has been to work with decision-makers in the social sector around having good-quality evidence to help solve complex social issues. This has included: generating evidence to help decision-makers understand complex social issues and what works to address them, sharing evidence of what works with the people who make decisions on social services, and supporting decision-makers to use evidence to make better decisions to improve social outcomes.
Formerly, Superu was known as the Families Commission, which was established in 2004 to advocate on behalf of families.
Going forward, previous Superu publications will be available online through The Hub website as well as the National Library.
Superu set up the The Hub website which catalogues more than 6500 pieces of government social science research dating back to 2000. The Social Investment Agency will take over responsibility for The Hub.
The Families Commission / Superu managed the government contract for the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) from 2011-2017. NZFVC contract management has now been transferred to the Ministry of Justice.
Management of the government contract for the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study has been transferred to the Ministry for Social Development, as has the 'Families and whānau wellbeing research programme.'
For more information, see the Superu website.
The previous Government's decision to disestablish Superu was announced in 2017. The disestablishment was formalised through the Families Commission Act Repeal Bill which received Royal Assent on 25 May 2018.
As a final event, Superu co-hosted Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa: A workshop on whānau and whakapapa for public policy with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, in Wellington on 29 May 2018.
Submitted on Mon, 2018-06-25 17:40